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'Ellen'

Man Dies

After Winning Australian Trip On TV Show

12/19/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A Marine died in a parachute accident last weekend -- during a trip his wife won on the "Ellen" show.

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Cherilyn McGraw won a trip to Australia on "Ellen" last January.  Cherilyn and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw, took the trip last week.  On Saturday, the two of them went skydiving in the same plane.  Cherilyn made a tandem jump, but Brandon was experienced and followed by jumping solo.

An employee from the skydiving school tells TMZ ... approximately 300 feet from the ground, Brandon's parachute suddenly caused him to turn radically right and left and he crashed to the ground.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Cherilyn posted a message on Facebook with photos inside the plane before the jump, saying, "My hero. My angel.  These are truly such symbolic photos.  He was happy and doing what he loved."

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

LOLOLOL

217 days ago
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J    

That's horrible.. Sky diving is not a good gift idea.. Ellen, just give away cash

217 days ago
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Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

Another winner in some contest dies. Something is fishy here.

217 days ago
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Sbryce    

Sorry for her loss and his family,I hope tmz lets this man rest in peace instead of what their doing with Paul walker

217 days ago
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immamamma    

Omg that is awful. Sending many prayers.

217 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Stupid ass people jumping out of planes for fun. Yes eventually you will die or get hurt very very badly.
Stupid is as stupid does.

217 days ago
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Nayners57    

That's too bad but accidents happen, especially skydiving accidents.

217 days ago
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Livvie     

That sucks....

217 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Next week on Ellen . Ellen gives out barrels for people to go over Niagara Falls. Stay tuned to see the idiots that take her up on it.

217 days ago
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Aarin    

That's messed up :(

217 days ago
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Shining_Blind    

That sucks. poor guy.

217 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

dang he was married to kelly clarkson?

217 days ago
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Ciganos01    

Ellen will next give out bet cards to the negroes:)

217 days ago
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oh really     

OMG how horrible

217 days ago
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Wow ...    

Oh no! My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

217 days ago
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